Niger BSC Certificate

As per the circular letter (Decree N° 2013-465/PRN/MT) released on November 15 2013, the Niger BESC certificate has to be issued for all shipments with Niger arrival. “SCK Representation” is the official agent for arranging Niger BSC certificates.

BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison’, translated as ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

Niger is a landlocked country, and an additional BESC/ECTN certificate will be required depending on the arrival country of the shipment. For the goods in transit through Cotonou (Benin) and Lome (Togo), shippers also need to obtain an additional ECTN certificate. There is no requirement for a loading certificate for the freights via Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

How can you get a Niger BSC certificate?

The following documents are required for the Niger BESC certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be made with draft copy)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice (it is not necessary if the freight value is indicated on Commercial Invoice)
  • Customs Declaration

To start the certification process, you should share PDF copies of the documents through There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of BSC certificates. However, please be sure to share the final documents, which will not have any more amendments later in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the modifications after validating the certificates.

How long does it take to get approval?

Once you provide all the required documents, a draft of the BESC certificate will be shared with your side. Next, we need your confirmation on the draft and payment. Afterwards, the certificate will be submitted for the approval of Nigerian authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a week should be expected in planning.

If your freight is in transit via Abidjan (Ivory Coast), you do not need to get an Ivory Coast BSC certificate. Ivory Coast BSC is only required for importing goods. Therefore, you only need to issue a Niger BESC certificate for your shipment.

Which name should be indicated on the bill of lading as a discharge port?

Cotonou (Benin) and Lome (Togo) are the ports mainly preferred for the imports which are transited to Niger, and these ports handle maritime traffic of Niger. Cotonou (Benin) is an important waypoint for the Republic of Niger. If the port of discharge is indicated as Lagos (Nigeria) or Tema (Ghana)  on the bill of lading, there is no need to issue a BESC/ECTN certificate for these countries. Shippers will only need a BESC certificate for the Republic of Niger.

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